Benedicto Crespo Facorro

Director of the Mental Health Department HUVR. Full Professor of Psychiatry

Benedicto Crespo Facorro is a psychiatrist who works as a clinician, researcher, and educator in psychiatry and mental health; notably known for his research work in the area of early psychosis and schizophrenia. Dr. Crespo-Facorro has led the first psychosis early intervention programs in Spain (PAFIP) for over two decades, generating a clinical cohort of high relevance in the field of schizophrenia with the recognition of institutions and patient associations.

Crespo-Facorro is currently Director of the Mental Health Unit at Virgen del Rocio University Hospital (Seville) (2019-), Full Professor in the faculty of medicine at University of Seville (2019-), Director of the Comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan in Andalusia (2022-), and the Principal Investigator of the Translational Psychiatry Group in CIBERSAM CB/07/09/2001 (2008-) and in Seville Biomedical Research Institute CTS-1086 (2019-).

He is also currently adjunct professor of psychiatry at Baylor (Houston, USA) and Milan (Italy) Universities collaborating in the teaching of imaging genomic and the state of the art of biomarkers in schizophrenia (graduate and postgraduate). And in 2021 he was named Honoris Causa Professor at the Universidad Favaloro Argentina.

Prof. Crespo-Facorro contributed to establish the National Network on Mental Health Research (CIBERSAM) where he coordinated the nation-wide Schizophrenia Research Program from 2015 to 2021. Dr. Crespo-Facorro is one of the only four researchers from Spain listed in the authors’ collaborative network of the authors that published the greatest number of research papers on antipsychotics and schizophrenia over the last 50 years (PMID: 35303594).

He supervised 16 PhD theses to date. He is the author of two patents and was the director of the Neuroimaging unit at IDIVAL (2009-2019). He is the current Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Psychiatry and Mental Health (JCR, Q1) (2019-). And reviewer of more than 10 peer-reviewed journals, among them Molecular Psychiatry, JAMA Psychiatry, American Journal of Psychiatry, Biological Psychiatry, and The New England Journal of Medicine. Also, Committee Board Member of the Journal of Affective Disorders, and Psychiatry Investigation.

  • PhD in Medicine Complutense University 
    Madrid 1997
  • Full Professor Psychiatry University of Sevilla 2019

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